If you're a fan of cocktails, you've definitely come across some mixed with Saint Germain liqueur. And if you tried these mixed drinks, you're aware of this liqueur's bright and fragrant flavor. The liqueur is made from elderflower, a small, white starry flower that blooms through the spring and summer. In Europe, the flower is used in many foods and drinks, but in the U.S. it's gaining popularity in the form of this liqueur.
Saint Germain liqueur seems to bottle the taste of the these warm floral notes. Still produced in an artisanal manner, the liqueur is made from flowers that are gathered from the hillsides in the French Alps during a short four- to-six-week period in spring. According to the company's website, the picked flowers are bicycled to a collection depot (yep, bicycled) where they are immediately macerated to preserve the fresh flavors of the bloom. Extracting the flavors of this flower is not an easy process, and the Saint Germain company keeps theirs a family secret.
Each bottle of Saint Germain ($33.09 for 25 oz) is individually numbered, reflecting the year in which the flowers were picked. And while we can appreciate the great lengths taken to make this liqueur, what we really like is how it livens up a cocktail with sweet and aromatic flavors that hint of pear and lychee. Check out the cocktails you can make below.
This article was in no way sponsored or influenced by Saint Germain. We just really like the liqueur.